In 2012, newly formed Manchester company Opera Seria set out to present the Donizetti Tudor Queens trilogy of Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux to Manchester operatic audiences.
The idea behind the Tudor Queens was to give emerging professional singers the opportunity to perform some amazing bel canto repertoire which they otherwise might not experience. The operas are not frequently performed, and we wanted to offer the chance to really explore the bel canto genre for our young, talented singers.
We began with a fully staged Anna Bolena, which received amazing reviews for a debut production, with Bachtrack proclaiming it a “Triumph”! Following on from that, we presented a concert version of Roberto Devereux, which was performed in Manchester, London and Preston. Audience feedback was amazing, with one audience member proclaiming the singing was as good as he would expect from La Scala.
Although presenting Maria Stuarda out of order (it is the second of the three), it is the last in our cycle. It will be staged with lush Elizabethan-period costumes and a fantastic Tudor setting. A cast of talented international soloists on the brink of professional careers join a group of amazing orchestral players to bring Donizetti’s amazing and dramatic music to life.
Conducted by Juan Ortuno and directed by Sarah Helsby-Hughes, Maria Stuarda promises to be an exciting escape into the Tudor world.
WHY FUND US?Opera Seria was formed for singers by singers in 2011 to promote, for the public benefit, the appreciation of the art of opera, particularly but not exclusively in the North West of England. We aim to be a professional company, but also to keep our ties with the Manchester community. We do this by way of our Community Chorus.
Our Community Chorus is open to anyone who wishes to join, without paying fees. It is made up of talented community members and younger music students who wish to gain practical experience outside college.
As we do not charge our performers to take part in our performances, we are reliant on donations and other privately sourced funding to continue putting on productions of a high standard. We have big dreams, but we need a little help with funding!
Your donations will help with the main ticket items, such as costumes, set pieces, and programmes, but will also allow us to give our soloists a little extra money during rehearsals for travel expenses, to provide the chorus with extra biscuits for their hard work and feed the orchestra during long sitz rehearsals.
It’s a difficult world out there for small, struggling arts charities and the people who work with them. Help us make ours that little bit better for our musicians.
Those backers who are entitled to free tickets will hear from us no later than 30th April for ticket booking.